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CHILDRENS' HEALTH MATTERS

Colic

When your child has colic, you can bake an onion in the oven or microwave, extract the juice by squeezing, add a little sugar to make it palatable, put it in a bottle and feed to the ailing baby.  Within a few minutes the colic will have eased and your baby will be ready to sleep.  If they have runny bowels after this don't worry it is just cleaning them out.

Thanks to Anita Jones for this one.

Teeth

Babies begin cutting their first teeth between about six months and one year, and usually have a full set by the time they are three.  At six the milk teeth (which is what the first teeth are called) start to fall out to make way for the permanent set.

So they get used to the shape and feel, it is a good idea to buy your baby a toothbrush to play with before the first teeth appear. Never leave a baby unattended with a brush as this can be dangerous.

Start a gentle brushing routine as soon as the first teeth appear and brush regularly after meals.

It is always best to start as you mean to go on and, with this in mind, offer young children raw carrots and apples between meals rather than sweets and biscuits.  However, remember the acid in apples can also cause damage so, whenever possible, clean teeth after eating.  It is also well to remember a lot of soft drinks contain sugar so these should also be kept to a minimum and never put in a dummy.

Start taking children to the dentist as early as possible, this way they get used to the dentists' environment before actually having to undergo any treatment which should allay any fears.

Ears

Earache is a common and unpleasant symptom in childhood.  Most ear infections will clear up on their own but there are ways you can help relieve the symptoms.

First check that -

  • your child has not injured the ear or stuck something into it.

  • there is no yellow or blood stained liquid coming from the ear.

  • your child appears to be getting worse or is very distressed with pain even after being given a pain killer.

If any of the above apply seek professional help immediately.

If none of the above symptoms are apparent, the following may help alleviate the pain:-

  • A specialised children's painkiller will help relieve the pain.  Ensure the manufacturers' dosage is adhered to.
     

  • Place your child in an upright position with pillows.
     

  • A warm hot water bottle wrapped in a towel placed over the infected ear may give some pain relief.
     

  • Keep your child away from smoky environments.
     

  • Don't let your child drink from a bottle lying down.
     

  • Decongestants will NOT help to relieve symptoms.
     

  • NEVER poke any objects into the ear (e.g. cotton buds).  These can often impact wax and can damage the ear.

If the symptoms persist, get worse or new symptoms develop seek medical advice.

Cradle Cap

Pour a little bit of baby oil on the child's head and comb out the flakes very gently.  You may need to repeat a few times but it works.  Follow this by a good shampooing.

Thanks to an anonymous contributor.


 

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